PANAMA CITY BEACH — The second annual Oyster Bash to support the Sealab Restoration Project at the Man in the Sea Museum is Saturday.
“Last year, everybody had so much fun we had to do it again,” said Mike Zinszer, president of the Institute of Diving, which owns the Man in the Sea Museum.
The bash at the Dive Lab on Moylan Road will include Apalachicola oysters from Buddy Gandy Seafood.
“It’s $25 all-you-can-eat oysters. People who want to get VIP tables get their own shuckers and bottomless beer mugs,” Zinszer said.
The $25 admission includes raw and steamed oysters, hot dogs and sides, but unless you have a VIP table, you have to pay extra for Miller. The 2012 Oyster Bash raised $4,500 for the Sealab Restoration Project.
The Man in the Sea Museum is home to Sealab 1, the first underwater experimental saturation habitat, developed by the U.S. Navy.
Zinszer, director of the Advanced Science Diving Program and Diving Safety Officer at Florida State University-Panama City Campus, retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 20 years of service.
“We are doing everything we can to preserve deep ocean history and research and development of equipment. The museum really highlights the history. The museum has original Sealab and military dive equipment,” Zinszer said.
All ages can climb through Sealab 1, submarines and other exhibits at the museum. Visitors can explore the world under the surface, following the progress of underwater technology from the early days of diving to modern underwater habitats. See exhibits, dioramas and records that demonstrate how humans learned to survive in the depths, and see videos of how the early diving equipment was used.
Investigate the garden of rare diving labs, habitats and submersibles outside the museum. Treasures have been recovered from sunken ships dating from 1500, along with more recent commercial and naval equipment and vehicles.
Founded in 1982, the 5,000 square foot Man in the Sea Museum, which is modeled after the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, sits on one acre of land along Panama City Beach Parkway. The property next to the museum recently was purchased to allow more room to house larger artifacts.
What: All-you-can-eat raw and steamed oysters, hot dogs and sides to support the Sealab Restoration Project at the Man in the Sea Museum
When: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Where: Dive Lab (across from Panama Jacks), 1415 Moylan Road, Panama City Beach
Admission:$25; sponsor a table for $500 and get 10 tickets and 10 beer mugs
Details: (850) 235-4101, ManInTheSea.org/shop/events.php or email@example.com
Man in the Sea
The Man in the Sea Museum, 17314 Panama City Beach Parkway in Panama City Beach, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission: $5; $4.50 for seniors; ages 6 and younger are free